Cessnock City Council puts their hand up for Canberra Departments

Cessnock City Council is urging the Federal Government to consider relocating Commonwealth offices to the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).  

Cessnock City Council is urging the Federal Government to consider relocating Commonwealth offices to the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).

This comes as a Senate enquiry is underway into the relocation of Corporate Commonwealth Entities to regional areas. 

The inquiry will investigate the operation, effectiveness and consequences of such a relocation, as well as the economic, environmental and capability implications.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said decentralisation of such agencies is a real opportunity for the Cessnock LGA.“Kurri Kurri and Cessnock are perfectly positioned for the relocation of a government department, our proximity to Newcastle and Sydney makes us a great potential site”.

“This is an economic opportunity for our community that would generate jobs and growth. A key priority for our community as we deal with high unemployment rates especially among young people”.“The benefits will disseminate throughout our community with more employment opportunities and discretionary spending increasing”, Cr Pynsent said.

A Mayoral Minute adopted by Council last night will see Council make a submission to the Senate enquiry. 

The submission will outline the economic benefits and the regional development opportunities that would result from a department relocating to the region, as well as the cost saving benefit to the Federal Government.

 2 February, 2017